Either way, it ain’t gonna be pretty
The Tundra Tabloids agrees with Daniel Pipes that Obama must take out Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities, but the TT doubts however if Obama is really up to the task. Being both an idealogue and a Nobel peace prize laureate, Obama would use the UN Security Council’s refusal to act militarily against Iran, as the reason why the US is duty bound to seek a peaceful resolution.
Who knows, the TT could be wrong and forced later to eat its own hat. Obama could very well come to the conclusion that his own legacy as a US president, to be of much more importance to him than his Nobel prize and European good will. The million dollar question remaining however is, whether Obama is up to the task of putting American interests first
, (even if it’s really his own self interests) after spending the first year of his presidency trying to prove to the world that he’s a team player. KGS
NOTE: More bloviations and obfuscations from Ahmad-dinnerjacket:
“Ahmadinejad says if West doesn’t fulfill UN deal, Iran will resume enrichment on its own. […] But his time frame of four or five months appeared to fall short of the year that Western officials say it would take for Iran’s enriched fuel to be turned into fuel rods for the reactor.”
I do not customarily offer advice to a president whose election I opposed, whose goals I fear and whose policies I work against. But here is a way for Barack Obama to salvage his tottering administration by taking a step that protects the US and its allies.
If Obama’s personality, identity and celebrity captivated a majority of the American electorate in 2008, those qualities proved ruefully deficient in 2009. He failed to deliver on employment and health care, he failed in foreign policy forays small (e.g., landing the 2016 Olympics) and large (relations with China and Japan). His counterterrorism record barely passes the laugh test.
This poor performance has caused an unprecedented collapse in the polls and the loss of three major by-elections, culminating two weeks ago in an astonishing senatorial defeat in Massachusetts. Obama’s attempts to “reset” his presidency will likely fail if he focuses on economics, where he is just one of many players.
He needs a dramatic gesture to change the public perception of him as a lightweight, bumbling ideologue, preferably in an arena where the stakes are high, where he can take charge and where he can trump expectations.
Such an opportunity does exist: Obama can order the US military to destroy Iran’s nuclear weapons capacity.
Circumstances are propitious. First, US intelligence agencies have reversed the preposterous 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that claimed with “high confidence” that Teheran had “halted its nuclear weapons program.” No one (other than the Iranian rulers and their agents) denies that the regime is rushing headlong to build a nuclear arsenal.
Second, if the apocalyptic-minded leaders in Teheran get the Bomb, they render the Middle East yet more volatile and dangerous. They might deploy these weapons in the region, leading to massive death and destruction. Or they could launch an electromagnetic pulse attack on the US, devastating the country. By eliminating the Iranian nuclear threat, Obama protects the homeland and sends a message to America’s friends and enemies.
THIRD, POLLING shows long-standing American backing for an attack on the Iranian nuclear infrastructure.